Who should attend

The ESRI is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and potential project collaborations, and thus is limited to 120 participants. A selection process will identify those whose interests are best matched to the chosen theme of the year.

Applicants should self-categorize into three categories: Research Fellow, Senior Investigator and Professional.

Research Fellows

Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting research in neuroscience, biological and medical sciences, experimental and clinical psychology, the social sciences and the humanities are considered as “Research Fellows”. Students and early-career researchers and contemplative scholars who work in the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences and scholarship are encouraged to apply in this category.
The registration fee for accepted Research Fellows is € 75,-.

Senior Investigators

This category includes stablished academic researchers, contemplative scholars and educators who hold university or college faculty appointments (full-time, clinical or adjunct).
The registration fee for accepted Senior Investigators is € 100,-.


Professionals (e.g. educators, clinicians, therapists, HR managers, change agents) who are independent practitioners or affiliated with non-academic institutions apply in this category. This includes people working in business and (social) entrepreneurship.
The registration fee for accepted Professionals is € 100,-.

For any questions, please email us: esri@mindandlife-europe.org

Cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration

ESRI is a summer institute where scientists, educators, professionals and researchers working in the field of contemplative science can assemble as a community to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge from their lives and work. With its unique format, ESRI facilitates cross-disciplinary dialogue, and collaboration to advance the training of a new generation of scholars and researchers.

Unique format

The intensive one-week programme features contemplative practice, interdisciplinary scholarly presentations, artistic experiences and networking opportunities. The institute offers a unique format and ample opportunities for deep dialogue across disciplines, as well as inquiry through, and learning from, first-person experience. The faculty include scientists, clinical researchers, artists and contemplative practitioners, scholars, and teachers. The ESRI will be restricted to a maximum of 120 participants, as innovative and interdisciplinary scientific conversations, potential collaborations and new projects are more likely to develop successfully with a limited number of committed participants. Attendees are selected through a review process.

European Varela Awards

Attendees of the ESRI are eligible to apply for the European Varela Awards (EVAs) for contemplative research. Click here for more information.